A multidisciplinary renal genetics clinic improves patient diagnosis

Andrew Mallett, Lindsay F Fowles, Julie McGaughran, Helen Healy and Chirag Patel
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.01157
Published online: 1 February 2016

Developments in genomic science are disproportionately in advance of their translational clinical application. Multidisciplinary clinics are proposed to overcome this1 in many medical fields.2 This is especially so in nephrology, which is typified by significant community disease burden3 and heritability.4 Several renal genetics clinics (RGCs) operate overseas, although their models and outcomes are largely unreported. The first multidisciplinary RGC in Australasia commenced at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in August 2013, involving a clinical geneticist, nephrologist, genetic counsellor, and ancillary clinical and diagnostic services. The departments of clinical genetics and nephrology jointly operate the RGC. The clinical geneticist and nephrologist see families in the same appointment, maximising use of time. In this article, we report this clinical service’s initial outcomes and model for mainstreaming genetic medicine.

  • Andrew Mallett
  • Lindsay F Fowles
  • Julie McGaughran
  • Helen Healy
  • Chirag Patel

  • Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Brisbane, QLD


We thank the referrers and patients who have been and continue to be involved in this clinic.

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